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AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE INC

Science for the Benefit of Humanity

New York, NY   |  http://www.weizmann-usa.org

Mission

The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science is a community of dedicated people who support the Weizmann Institute’s crucial mission: science for the benefit of humanity. On the Weizmann Institute campus in Rehovot, Israel, 3,800 scientists, graduate students, and staff work to solve the most challenging problems facing humankind. For over 80 years, the Institute has had a global impact in fighting cancer, advancing technology, enriching education, protecting our planet, improving health and medicine, and exploring the physical world. The American Committee develops philanthropic funding for the Institute, educates the American public about the Institute’s research, and represents the Institute’s interests in the U.S.

Ruling year info

1947

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Dave Doneson

Main address

633 Third Avenue 20th Fl

New York, NY 10017 USA

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EIN

13-1623886

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (U11)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The American Committee provides philanthropic support for the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions located in Rehovot, Israel. The Weizmann Institute engages in scientific research addressing crucial problems in medicine and health, energy, technology, agriculture, and the environment. American Committee supporters advance the Institute’s goals by becoming partners in the search for answers to the most difficult challenges facing humanity.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Vera and Chaim Weizmann Honor Society

The Vera and Chaim Weizmann Honor Society recognizes American Committee donors for planned and estate gifts to support the Weizmann Institute of Science. Each member of the Vera and Chaim Weizmann Honor Society becomes a Founder of the Future, a key partner in the Institute’s search for solutions to the most difficult challenges facing humanity. Honor Society events, featuring Weizmann scientists and American Committee leadership, take place across the United States throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Women for Science (W4S) brings together female philanthropists and leaders from all walks of life to advance transformative research and women’s-related initiatives at the Weizmann Institute. Through special activities and events, they learn about the Institute’s groundbreaking work to improve lives across the globe. They also meet trailblazing scientists in fields ranging from fighting cancer to understanding Alzheimer’s to protecting our planet. Together, this passionate community rallies behind the Institute to ensure a brighter future for all of humanity and strengthens the vital partnership between science and philanthropy.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

The American Committee provides fundraising support for various endeavors across the Weizmann Institute – from brain research to particle physics, from environmental research to designing space missions to new vistas of the cosmos, from artificial intelligence to robotics. One beneficiary of these efforts is the Davidson Institute, which creates programming dedicated to instilling a love of science in children all over the globe, including the Plant Microbiome Project. This first-of-its-kind project allows Weizmann researchers, Davidson staff, teachers, and students to work together to collect the region’s plant microbiota, empowering them to compile a complete genomic library of the bacterial and fungal species found in local desert regions. Success is measured by groundbreaking discoveries and students served.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Partners in Science is a community of dedicated individuals who share a common belief that scientific research is the pathway to creating a better world. By providing annual gifts starting at $1,000 or monthly gifts of $100 or more, Partners in Science provide a steady stream of support for Weizmann science. As part of this visionary circle of donors, Partners deepen their impact and strengthen their commitment to the Weizmann Institute’s vital mission of “Science for the Benefit of Humanity.”

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American Committee aims to advance the Weizmann Institute’s vital mission of “Science for the Benefit of Humanity.” The Weizmann Institute’s groundbreaking leadership in the life and natural sciences is expanding human knowledge. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute work to solve some of the greatest mysteries of our universe, from brain science to particle physics, from neural pathways to artificial intelligence, from researching Israel’s microbiome to designing space missions to new vistas of the cosmos. In addition to providing philanthropic support for the Institute’s research, the American Committee raises awareness about Weizmann’s crucial work by hosting events across the U.S. and connecting American supporters with leading Weizmann scientists.

We have developed a variety of strategies to reach our goals. These strategies include:
• Financial resource development: Secure major gifts in support of Weizmann Institute research, develop and maintain lasting relationships with donors, and continually identify and engage potential supporters.
• National programs: Develop and implement an array of national programs to reinforce bonds between lay leaders, regional supporters, and Weizmann scientists. These programs include planning events in the U.S. and abroad featuring Weizmann faculty, coordinating individual visits and group missions to the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and creating opportunities for donor recognition.
• Marketing/Communications: Promote the Weizmann Institute’s scientific breakthroughs through a variety of print and digital channels, thereby increasing the Institute’s visibility, introducing it to new audiences, and expanding the “Weizmann family” of supporters.

The organization has a network of experienced professional staff, including frontline fundraisers in regions across the U.S. It also has dedicated lay leaders who contribute their passion, skills, and resources to help the American Committee achieve its mission. This lay-professional partnership has been vital to the American Committee’s success throughout its history.

For over 75 years, forward-thinking American Committee supporters have helped the Weizmann Institute invent, expand, advance, and thrive. Today, the Weizmann Institute is a globally renowned powerhouse of basic science research. Its discoveries have led to drugs, products, technologies, and ideas that have changed—and saved—lives worldwide. Its scientists are among the finest researchers in the fields of cancer, neuroscience, alternative energy, computer science, chemistry, and biology.

Beyond its scientific breakthroughs, the Institute today is an international model of excellence. While taking a holistic approach to measuring its success, the Institute also recognizes the importance of data in self-evaluation, and prides itself on the number of international prizes awarded, the volume of its research that is cited in journals, and the number of scientists and students trained. The Institute is also renowned for its success in technology transfer—moving discoveries from the lab to the marketplace—and for its numerous patents, as well as the degree of impact its findings have on further research.

These accomplishments have made a tremendous difference in the world, and our goal for the future is to carry the Weizmann Institute even further. As we enter an era of rapid technological development, several recent leaps forward have launched whole new fields and revolutionized scientific research—and Weizmann scientists are again taking the lead, building on our history of achievements to make tomorrow’s breakthroughs.

Financials

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AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE INC

Board of directors
as of 12/26/2022
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Board chair

Mr. David Teplow

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes